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As term ends, School of Education thanks long-time Advancement Council chair
Bob Marchant, right, poses with a scholarship winner at the 2015 School of Education scholarship awards ceremony.

Dr. Bob Marchant, right, poses with a scholarship winner at the 2015 School of Education scholarship awards ceremony.

After nearly eight years of service, the VCU School of Education would like to thank Dr. Bob Marchant for his contributions to its Advancement Council. Marchant served as the council’s founding chair following the group’s inception in 2008, a position he held until his final term ended this January.

“Bob Marchant is the epitome of a supportive and generous friend of the School of Education,” Dr. Leila Christenbury, the school’s interim dean, said. “His work on the Advancement Council, his interest in and knowledge of the academic aspects of our programs, courses, and faculty and students, are all admirable. He has been a kind and perceptive partner, and his influence will be felt for years to come.”

A retired administrator with a long career in Richmond City Public Schools (where he served as principal of Graves Middle School and the Jefferson-Huguenot-Wythe High School Complex), Marchant has played an invaluable role in shaping the School of Education’s Advancement Council.

Under his leadership, the council increased its membership from seven to 12 members, and sponsored several fundraising initiatives for the school — most recently, the Faculty Excellence Fund designed to support School of Education professors in their research and professional development initiatives.

“Though I just arrived in October, I’ve already learned a great deal from Bob,” Ed Kardos, senior director of development, said. “While he may no longer be serving as council chair, I’m sure he will continue to stay involved with the VCU School of Education, so I look forward working with him in a different, less-formal role.”

An alum of the VCU School of Education himself, Marchant received his M.Ed. in educational leadership, with a concentration in administration and supervision, in 1971.

“I could not have done the job without the great support of my fellow council members, the deans, staff and our very talented development team,” Marchant said. “It was an extremely valuable experience for me. Thank you!”

Brian White will take over as the council’s next chair. The president of Main Street Realty Inc. and co-manager of Historic Housing LLC, White currently serves in leadership roles with Venture Richmond, the Historic Shockoe Partnership and the Shockoe Bottom Neighborhood Association. He has served as a member of the Advancement Council for the past three years.

About the Advancement Council

Consisting of alumni and friends of the VCU School of Education, the Advancement Council supports the school’s fundraising and outreach efforts by promoting the school within the community, identifying philanthropic opportunities, sponsoring a variety of events and initiatives, and advising the dean on issues key to the school’s growth.